At WNS, We're In It To Win It

Our top priority is to keep WNS students on campus and engaged in the full academic program that distinguishes our school, while also keeping both students and faculty safe. We can accomplish this if we have everyone’s full support and partnership. Below is a summary recap of the key elements of our Five Layers of Safety for a 2021-22 School Year. We are smarter than a virus!

1. Limit Chance of Exposure

  • Stay in the green… at least for the next few months.
  • We know that the Delta variant of COVID is really only able to spread from person to person through aerosol transmission.
  • While highly infectious, it still needs the opportunity of proximity.
    • Avoid highly dense public gatherings
    • Avoid sports tournaments that bring a lot of different people together where they are breathing hard and with minimal physical spacing
    • Avoid prolonged public indoor settings

Our priority is to keep our students in the classroom. Avoiding high risk COVID contact activities will greatly reduce the risk of exposure.

Guidance for Unvaccinated Adults and Children (Travel is NOT Recommended)
  • Avoid traveling to areas/states/countries with high transmission. 
  • Get tested before traveling.
  • Wear a mask and avoid crowded areas.
  • Domestic travel OR travel to a LOW TRANSMISSION AREA: 
    • Isolate for two days AFTER your travel and then get a negative PCR test (if symptom-free) in order to return to campus.
  • International travel OR travel to a HIGH TRANSMISSION AREA:
Guidance for Vaccinated Adults and Children
  • Wear a mask and avoid crowded areas.
  • Domestic travel OR travel to a LOW TRANSMISSION AREA: 
    • A PCR or antigen test is required on your return but no isolation buffer is needed; you can test immediately after returning.
  • International travel OR travel to a HIGH TRANSMISSION AREA:

2. COVID Vaccination

  • There is no single better barrier to spreading COVID or to avoid serious illness than to get the COVID vaccine.
  • 100% of WNS Faculty and Staff are vaccinated (this is a requirement)
  • We are now requiring ALL students age 12+ to be vaccinated if medically able to be
  • Students turning 12 this school year should be vaccinated (at least 1st dose) within 30 days of their 12th birthday
  • Pediatric COVID vaccines for children age 5-11:
    • At this stage, WNS will not be requiring vaccines for this age group, but will be strongly recommending them. (Please note, this is subject to change later in the school year). 
    • There are benefits to being vaccinated, beyond health: less frequent testing, smaller chance of quarantine due to exposure, fewer travel restrictions and isolation after holidays 

3. Symptom Screening & Testing

Daily symptom screening of your student(s) and your household is essential to our protection of the school community from COVID. If any YES answer, please keep your child(ren) home and contact the School Nurse at Schoolnurse@wns-la.org.

PLAYGROUND DAILY SYMPTOM SCREENING QUESTIONS:

Testing Protocols - updated October 29, 2021

SURVEILLANCE TESTING REQUIREMENTS:

I’M AN UNVACCINATED STUDENT

  • Weekly PCR testing required.
    • PATH Testing provided at WNS, with results sent directly to WNS
    • Testing on your own is permitted, but you MUST upload results to Playground by 12 noon on Monday to avoid your student being locked out of Playground on Tuesday
    • EXEMPTION: If your student has recovered from COVID within the last 60 days, please contact the School Nurse (Schoolnurse@wns-la.org) for a PCR test exemption. 
  • Domestic Travel: Two-day buffer required after travel before PCR test 
  • International Travel: Must quarantine for 7 days and take PCR test on or after the 5th day back 
  • Must quarantine minimum of 7 days (with tests on day 1 and day 5) if exposed to COVID
  • Limitations on some on and off campus activities when vaccination is deemed necessary for safety.

I’M A VACCINATED STUDENT

  • Monthly PCR test required – WNS provides testing on campus on Saturdays via PATH. PATH provides results directly to WNS. 
  • Testing on your own is permitted, but you MUST upload results to Playground by 12 noon on Monday to avoid your student being locked out of Playground on Tuesday
  • Rapid antigen test as needed if in situations of high risk of exposure
  • No quarantine required if exposed to COVID if asymptomatic
  • Domestic Travel: No buffer required after domestic travel (antigen or PCR test after domestic travel) 
  • International Travel: Must isolate for 3 days, taking PCR test on or after 3rd day of being home, before returning to campus
  • Access to some campus / off-campus programs as deemed necessary for safety

I’M AN UNVACCINATED PARENT/CAREGIVER of an UNVACCINATED STUDENT

  • Weekly PCR Test required (or FDA approved rapid Antigen accepted)
  • Parent needs to upload to Playground by 12 noon Monday to avoid lockout Tuesday morning
  • Domestic Travel: Two-day buffer after travel before PCR test
  • International Travel: Must quarantine for 7 days and take PCR test on or after the 5th day back
  • Must quarantine minimum of 7 days (with tests on day 1 and day 5) if exposed to COVID
  • Limitations to on-campus events during school hours/when students are present

I’M A VACCINATED PARENT/CAREGIVER

  • Monthly PCR or antigen test requested 
  • This is based on the honor system. Please DO NOT send results to WNS unless you test positive. If you test positive, please send results to the School Nurse (Schoolnurse@wns-la.org)
  • Rapid antigen test as needed if in situations of high risk of exposure
  • Domestic Travel: No buffer required after domestic travel (antigen or PCR test after domestic travel) 
  • International Travel: Must isolate for 3 days, taking PCR test on or after 3rd day of being home, before returning to campus
  • Access to on-campus events/activities when students are involved

4. School Based Layers of Mitigation

We are applying all of our mitigation measures that we used successfully last year with one significant change. We will not be spacing the students out into small cohorts in order to organize our students this year in a way that will provide for a full and rich educational experience for PS-8 students. 

5. Infection Containment

In the event that a possible exposure to a verified positive case occurs on campus, the following protocols will be followed in order to contain any spread of the infection on campus: 

POSITIVE CASE (Index Case)- will need to quarantine at least 10 days with 24 hours of no fever and other symptoms before returning to school. 

    • Siblings of index case- need to get rapid antigen test and share results ASAP with Schoolnurse@wns-la.org
    • Need to isolate from index case minimum 7 days if asymptomatic and tests are  negative (test day 1 and day 5)

CLOSE CONTACTS (proximity to index case 6’ or closer for 15 minutes or longer):

  • Vaccinated Students: No quarantine required if symptom free
  • Unvaccinated students: 
  • Minimum 7 day isolation if asymptomatic with test day 1 and day 5
  • If positive test or symptoms: 10 day minimum and return after 24 hours symptom free w/o medication
Temporary Out of School Plan (TOS)
WNS has created a Temporarily Out of School plan (TOS) for K-8 students missing school only for the following reasons:
 
  • Students in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test
  • Student in quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19
  • Students awaiting a negative test result after travel or other high-risk encounters

If you think your student qualifies for TOS, please email your division head as well as the school nurse and they will work out a plan for your student.

TOS is not for students missing school for the following reasons:
  • Missing school for the day due to a doctor appointment or other appointments
  • Missing school while on vacation
  • Missing school for 1-2 days unrelated to COVID-19

We are fortunate to have an expert in the field of virtual learning: Lori Getz, Director of Online Learning, as part of the WNS team. If you have questions regarding online learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher, or Lori at onlinelearning@wns-la.org. 

will have a morning meeting and afternoon check-in all together, and work independently on their Seesaw activities in between. 

will have a morning meeting together, work independently on Google Classroom activities, and an afternoon check-in by grade level. 

will receive an email reminder for accessing assignments on Google Classroom and have a check-in with their teacher in the afternoon. Students will work independently on their Google Classroom activities and email with teachers about their classwork. 

will access their class schedule on Google Calendar and assignments on Google Classroom. Google Calendar will indicate if a student is expected to Zoom into any classes each day. Students have one check-in with a teacher in the afternoon and will work independently on their Google Classroom activities and email with teachers about their classwork. 

 

Our pathway to a successful 2021-22 school year will require the full support and cooperation of every member of our school community. Working together, we can win this!

 

For more information...

For a more detailed look into daily school protocols, key contact information and helpful resources from the State Department of Public Health (SDPH) and Los Angeles County Department of Health (LADPH), please visit our expanded COVID Protocol page by clicking below.